Friday, February 27, 2015

A Big Welcome to New Design Team Members!

We are very excited to welcome some new faces to our US Design Teams and we can't wait to share their amazing creations with all of you!

Joining our Education Team, please welcome:

I'm a mom to two grown kids and a fabulous wife to my husband.  :-)  At least that's what I tell him.  I've been making cards and such for over 15 years and loving it!  I love working with other people who also enjoy this crafting journey.  Simply put, I enjoy good company and people that love to share their knowledge and humorous adventures in this crazy hobby called card making.  I don't have a particular style in crafting as I'm game to try any and every new technique out there.  I am honored to be a part of the Crafter's Companion design team.  

Hi. My name is Vera Wirianta Yates. But, I also go by my nickname Ling. I was born & raised in Indonesia, but been calling Texas home for almost 20 years now. I am married and mom to 2 furry kids. I've always enjoy paper crafting and I'd describe my design style as clean, simple and cheerful. I am so honored and thrilled to be joining Crafter's Companion. I love cutesy design. Besides paper crafting, I love to travel, watch movies and pugs. Am also very passionate about dog rescue. Thank you Crafter's Cmpanion for having me and I am looking forward to this new adventure.

I have always loved vintage, and that has influenced my work. By the age of 9, I had a large collection of beaded purses, antique clothes, boxes of old photos and ephemera.  So I guess I was that quirky kid that everyone just kind of thought marched to her own drum.  That early sense of style lead to me to have a passion to create, to be confident in my own designs, but I also appreciate the historic influences of the past. 
I have been crafting all of my life, in one form or another. I was a very successful bead artist, but my beaded pieces took 500-1000 hours to complete. About 13 years ago, I started scrapbooking, when my first nephew was born. I instantly fell in love with the immediacy of the medium (compared to the crazy hours I spent beading!) I have really grown to love the paper crafting industry and enjoy finding new ways to take my pieces to the next level.  I’ve been fortunate to design for some amazing companies in this field.  It's really funny to look at any of my work, from beaded pieces to mixed media and to be able to see the same style emerge, regardless of the medium.  I have always loved dimension, and color and layers.

I’m married to a very supportive husband, who teaches high school chorus– so while I’m getting crafty, he’s busy with his music. He doesn't craft with me, but he is my biggest cheerleader.  We are blessed to live in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina – an area that could inspire anyone to create.  

Joining our International Inspiration Team, please welcome:

Hi, my name is Rosemary and I live in Texas with my hubby and sweet boy. I originally got into scrapbooking over 10 years ago, but switched to card-making a few years ago. I love that I can complete something from start to finish in a few hours or days versus working on a scrapbook that can take lots of years (for me anyways)! I'm also addicted to crafty supplies especially stamps and dies.....LOVE it!! Being a part of the blogging world has given me the opportunity to make new friends and share my love of crafting. Joining this amazing team with so many talented crafty ladies is a definitely blessing and dream come true! I can't wait to share my creations with you. :)

And... returning to our International Inspiration Team:

As a stay-at-home-mom to 2 elementary school aged children, I am lucky enough to have some free time most school days to get creative. When I started card making, back in early 2008, it appealed to me mostly because I could create a project from start to finish (usually) within the confines of nap time. My crafting time is no longer a race, but I still enjoy being able to finish a project in one sitting. It's both satisfying and rewarding. I enjoy exploring many different styles in my cardmaking/crafting; everything from distressed and vintage to clean and simple gets my creative juices flowing. When I'm not creating or blogging about it, I'm hanging with my family.

I live in the UK with my wonderful husband, two daughters and two crazy dogs. My aunt Introduced me to paper crafting way back in 2000 and the rest as they say is history ! I love to make cards but my passion is to create 3D paper boxes, bags etc. In addition to designing for various crafting companies over the last few years, I have also taught classes in my home and at local scrapbook stores. Outside of crafting we love to go on family days, watch movies out or play games together.  I am thrilled to be returning to the Crafter's Companion Team!!!!

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Tutorial: Step-By-Step Cupcake Box

There are some with the fantastic new Cupcake Box Templates in the store now & you will just love them. These templates make fabulous packages to present cupcakes or other gifts.

This project by Trena features the Cupcake Templates Collection - Twin Cupcake Presentation Box

It is designed for two regular-sized cup cakes to fit nicely in the tray.

Or you can use this box for one giant cupcake.

Here's how she made it:

Using the easy directions that come with the template, she traced the image on the Construction cardstock - 12" x 16" and secured the template with EZRelease Tape before tracking it.

She then used The Ultimate Crafter's Companion Tool to score the dashed lines, fold them in both directions and use the Scoring and Embossing Tool that comes with the tool to burnish down the folds for a nice crisp edge. 

To create special design paper, she used the Embossalicious Cakes Galore embossing folder on Rose Pearl Shimmering Cardstock and a layer of black pearl.  Use a strong adhesive to secure the sides of the box.

For the window, she used Die'sire Create-A-Card Dies - Ornate Lattice on Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock, layered the rose over black and added a layer of the two colors to the inside lid.

Next, Trena traced the inner cup cake tray onto a piece of the  Construction cardstock and scored the dashed fold lines and burnished them, as above. For the cupcake holder, she used the template and cupcake topper insert die.

The flower is cut from Shimmering Cardstock pink pearl using the Flower Topper with a little shading to the petals with Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils 034.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Tutorial: Adding color to Embossing for a "Lovely" look!

Happy Valentine's Day!  To celebrate today, we are sharing a lovely card that Christiana made using the Embossalicious Sugar & Spice Embossing Folder called Love Birds.   Then she added a bit of color to really make it stand out!

Step 1: Trim white pearl shimmering cardstock to 5 1/2'' x 4''.

Step 2: Center card stock on the right side of the Embossalicious 6x6 Love Birds folder. Run through your embossing machine.

Step 3: Watercolor within the embossed edges using Distress inks or markers (colors shown: spun sugar, tumbled glass, pumice stone). Use minimal water and be careful not to overwork the paper.

Step 4: Die cut flowers and leaves from white pearl, pink pearl, and green envy shimmering card stock with the Die'sire Classiques Delicate Flower die. Assemble.

Step 5: Emboss sentiment with Sentimentals All You Need Is Love stamp set. Die cut with Die'sire Essentials Just The Ticket dies. Adhere ticket and flower to bottom left of card front.

Step 6: Adhere card front to standard 5 1/2'' x 4 1/4'' card base mounting flush with the right side.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tutorial: Just a Box of Chocolate

The Big Score large format scoring board will be available very soon! Have you been checking out the tutorial from our team? See them all here.

Lori created this gorgeous oversized box of chocolates just in time for Valentine's Day!

She shared, "The new Big Score Board not only makes it easier to score larger sized pieces of paper, but it can also be used to trim down those larger panels that won’t fit through a standard paper cutter. All you need it the Cutting Mouse (included in The Ultimate Tool and sold separately) and you’re set!."



 Start by making the Box Wrap:


Step 1: Trim a sheet of Sweet Treats Cardstock to 8 1/2” x 16 3/8”. She used the Big Score Board with the Cutting Mouse (and a ruler with a metal edge) to trim the cardstock since it wouldn’t fit in a regular paper cutter.

Step 2: Score all four sides at 1/2”.

Position the 8 1/2” side of the cardstock against the left wall and score at 7 3/4” and 8 5/8”. Fold and crease along each of the score lines and burnish using the edge of the scoring tool.

Trim across all the corners and notch a V at the score marks on both sides as shown in picture.

Fold all the flaps in and check for any corners that might need trimmed up a bit. Unfold flat again for step 3.

Step 3: Apply adhesive along inside (white side of the cardstock) of all the sides and notches and fold to adhere.

Step 4: Adhere ribbon to inside of front and back panels.

Step 5: Stamp butterfly images with Antique Linen Distress ink on kraft cardstock panels and adhere to inside of box wrap.

Two panels measure 7 1/8” x 7 3/8” and one panel measures 3/4” x 7 3/8”.

Next is the Box Bottom:

Step 1: Trim a sheet of Elegance cardstock to 9 3/4” x 10”

Step 2: Score all four sides at 3/4” and 1 1/2”.

Fold and crease along each of the score lines and burnish using the edge of the scoring tool.

Cut and trim corners as shown in picture, making sure to cut a small V shaped notch on the tabs.

Fold to form the box so you can make sure it’s all going to come together properly, and to check for any edges that might need trimmed up a bit. Unfold flat again for step 3.

Step 3: Apply adhesive to the outside (patterned side) of the tabs and assemble the corners of the box. The tabs will be hidden when folding over and adhering the side walls of the box.

Once all the corner tabs are attached, apply adhesive along the inside (white side) of side wall flap and fold over to form the box wall. Do this on all four sides.

Step 4: Adhere box to inside of box wrap. If desired, line box bottom with additional cardstock panel cut to 6 5/8” x 6 7/8”.

Step 5: Decorate and fill the box as desired, using left over pieces of Sweet Treats and Elegance cardstock pieces

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